Have you ever had a chronic cough?

At one time, I had a hard time coughing for more than 1-2 months. There must have been times when you were worried that you might have lung cancer or tuberculosis from coughing for a long time.

People who haven't coughed for a long time don't know how hard it can be. Chronic pain, chronic itchiness, and chronic cough may not seem like a big problem to others, but I think they are typical diseases that cause a lot of stress.

Coughing is a normal and beneficial body defense that prevents harmful substances from entering the airways and removes harmful substances from the lungs and bronchi . If there is no cough, our lungs are already contaminated with all kinds of dirty substances introduced from the outside, and the sputum from the lungs will be rotting yellow. Conversely, if the cough is too severe, it may make it impossible to carry out daily activities and sleep, vomit or faint, and even break a rib. If the cough is severe, the mucous membrane of the larynx may be cut and blood may come out, so there are many cases of being caught in the fear of having lung cancer or tuberculosis.

And coughing itself can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, and weight loss , making you worry about whether you have a more serious disease. Therefore, if the cough persists for a long time enough to cause inconvenience in life, the exact cause must be found and treated. Chronic cough is a cough that persists for more than 2 months, but if it persists for more than a month, it is highly likely to progress to chronic, so it is recommended to get tested.

In the case of adults, the most common cause of acute cough that lasts only 1 to 2 weeks is a cold, and most of them get better on their own after a few days. However, it is not easy to find the cause of chronic cough and treat it unexpectedly. In particular, in winter, cough that started from the turning season of autumn continues, and many patients come to the hospital with chronic cough. What is the most common cause of chronic cough in adults that lasts more than two months? Most patients think it is a bronchial problem, but surprisingly, the biggest cause is a nasal problem.

To prevent chronic cough, first, quitting smoking is important. Tobacco itself can cause chronic bronchitis, which can lead to a chronic cough, but it can also make the cough worse by exacerbating the other conditions listed above.

Parents should stop smoking, especially in families with children with asthma. However, after quitting smoking, coughing and sputum may increase due to a temporary increase in the cough reflex, so it should be well understood in advance.

Second, in a cough patient taking angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor high blood pressure medication, it is recommended to stop and take it again after the cough is resolved , even if it is not suspected that the cough is caused by the drug in view of the temporal relationship .

Third, chronic cough usually starts at the end of a cold, so wash your hands well and wear warm clothes when going out to avoid catching a cold. Also, even if you catch a cold, you should try hard to avoid complications.

I hope this year will be a clean year without coughing by preventing and treating cough well.

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